Healing The Sole – Ace Podiatry, Gold Coast

We’ve all been there… ladies (and maybe some men), this one’s for you. How many times have you left the house feeling glamorous in your high heels only to then complain about how painful they are to your friends? Boys, how many times has your girl just handed you their high heel shoes after a big night out on the town? If these all sound uncomfortably too familiar, have a read.

Whoever said “No pain, no gain” was hopefully not referring to high heel shoe wearers. The ultimate cost of wearing high heels only reveal themselves years later and it may even strip you of your ability to wear pretty heels ever again!

A UK study conducted by the College of Podiatry asked 2,000 women (and men) how long it took for their high heels to start hurting and the results were astonishing. The study reported that 20% of respondents had pain after 10 minutes and 33% of respondents said that the pain ended up getting so bad, they would take their shoes off and walk around bare foot in public.

So why do we do this to our feet? The simple fact is high heels make women feel confident. Whether it is the aesthetic appeal or just the simple ability to feel taller, high heels are never fading away any time soon but here at Ace Podiatry, we want to make it a little bit easier for you.

  • Be sensible – choose heels that aren’t high enough that they make you feel like you’re on stilts. Similarly, always ensure the foot bed isn’t too narrow such that you’re squishing your toes into the shoe. A sensible heel would be of medium height with a thick, solid heel, and be wide enough for your toes.
  • Sizing is everything – most women we meet in our clinic are usually wearing shoes 1-2 sizes to small. As a result, their toes are often hanging out of the shoe or their entire foot is crushed into a shoe that is all too tiny. The main reason this occurs is because we assume that our foot size is universal in all shoe brands when this could not be further from the truth. Different brands scale their sizes differently so next time you choose a shoe, ditch the number and go with the fit. You can never go wrong.
  • Strategize! – If you are adamant that you need to wear a pair of uncomfortable heels to an event, make sure this event requires limited walking or standing. If it’s a fancy dinner where you’re seated most of the night, it’s not going to be an issue. Remember, you’d rather be comfortable and graceful than a fidgety wreck clinging onto your date for dear life!
  • Play the switch game – this technique made famous in the streets of New York where we often see women in formal business attire walking to work in joggers and then switching their shoes for heels when they arrive at work. Some women even leave their work heels at work for convenience! This will save you a world of pain for the rest of the day and you will most likely get to work on time!
  • Insoles – over the counter insoles for your heels may be able to help alleviate some pain but talk to your podiatrist about possibly getting custom made adhesive insoles for your heels. These usually add more support to the heels and are much more effective!
  • Stretch – after a long day of wearing heels, its important to stretch out your calf muscles and remove any signs of tightness. Some simple calf raises and ankle rotations will do the trick.

Finally – at Ace Podiatry, we’re always of the mindset that moderation and sensibility is key. If you want to wear heels, make sure you’re being sensible about it. Take a close look at your high heel collection and start taking small steps towards change now.

We’ve all been there… ladies (and maybe some men), this one’s for you. How many times have you left the house feeling glamorous in your high heels only to then complain about how painful they are to your friends? Boys, how many times has your girl just handed you their high heel shoes after a big night out on the town? If these all sound uncomfortably too familiar, have a read.

Whoever said “No pain, no gain” was hopefully not referring to high heel shoe wearers. The ultimate cost of wearing high heels only reveal themselves years later and it may even strip you of your ability to wear pretty heels ever again!

A UK study conducted by the College of Podiatry asked 2,000 women (and men) how long it took for their high heels to start hurting and the results were astonishing. The study reported that 20% of respondents had pain after 10 minutes and 33% of respondents said that the pain ended up getting so bad, they would take their shoes off and walk around bare foot in public.

So why do we do this to our feet? The simple fact is high heels make women feel confident. Whether it is the aesthetic appeal or just the simple ability to feel taller, high heels are never fading away any time soon but here at Ace Podiatry, we want to make it a little bit easier for you.

  • Be sensible – choose heels that aren’t high enough that they make you feel like you’re on stilts. Similarly, always ensure the foot bed isn’t too narrow such that you’re squishing your toes into the shoe. A sensible heel would be of medium height with a thick, solid heel, and be wide enough for your toes.
  • Sizing is everything – most women we meet in our clinic are usually wearing shoes 1-2 sizes to small. As a result, their toes are often hanging out of the shoe or their entire foot is crushed into a shoe that is all too tiny. The main reason this occurs is because we assume that our foot size is universal in all shoe brands when this could not be further from the truth. Different brands scale their sizes differently so next time you choose a shoe, ditch the number and go with the fit. You can never go wrong.
  • Strategize! – If you are adamant that you need to wear a pair of uncomfortable heels to an event, make sure this event requires limited walking or standing. If it’s a fancy dinner where you’re seated most of the night, it’s not going to be an issue. Remember, you’d rather be comfortable and graceful than a fidgety wreck clinging onto your date for dear life!
  • Play the switch game – this technique made famous in the streets of New York where we often see women in formal business attire walking to work in joggers and then switching their shoes for heels when they arrive at work. Some women even leave their work heels at work for convenience! This will save you a world of pain for the rest of the day and you will most likely get to work on time!
  • Insoles – over the counter insoles for your heels may be able to help alleviate some pain but talk to your podiatrist about possibly getting custom made adhesive insoles for your heels. These usually add more support to the heels and are much more effective!
  • Stretch – after a long day of wearing heels, its important to stretch out your calf muscles and remove any signs of tightness. Some simple calf raises and ankle rotations will do the trick.

Finally – at Ace Podiatry, we’re always of the mindset that moderation and sensibility is key. If you want to wear heels, make sure you’re being sensible about it. Take a close look at your high heel collection and start taking small steps towards change now.

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